The Reformation: An exhibition at The John Rylands Library

A monk who shattered the strength of the Catholic Church, a monarch who wanted to take more than one wife, a society that put sin up for sale – and the power of the printed word to challenge it all. The John Ryland’s latest exhibition reveals a series of events that changed the course of…

Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in the 1970s and 1980s: Professor Judith Walkowitz discusses her latest research and forthcoming visit to Manchester!

Torso Installation, ‘Prostitution: What’s Going On?’ Exhibition at the Women’s Library, Whitechapel, 2006. Image courtesy of Professor Walkowitz. In 1972 I joined a small cohort of feminist historians who insisted that prostitution had a history.  At the time, prostitution remained low on the agenda of women’s liberation on both sides of the Atlantic.  Women liberationists…

Connecting Medieval Worlds: The exciting new seminar series!

Introducing the ‘Global Middle Ages’ When most people think about the Middle Ages, they will not be thinking of pottery in Ghana or Nubian embassies to Europe. Closer to home, they probably won’t know that the first archbishop of Canterbury was a Greek monk from modern-day Turkey, or the medieval legend that Britain was discovered…

Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World: New Exhibition!

Exhibition: Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World (John Rylands University Library, Deansgate, from 21 January 2016). Interview by Eloise Moss Dr Jenny Spinks is Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Europe (particularly Germany, France and the Low Countries); Dr Sasha Handley is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Social and Cultural History…